Originally published by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
By Leo Roth, February 18, 2017
Organizers of the 11th annual Wildlife Festival at the Montezuma Audubon Center are accepting applications from artists, conservation organizations, community groups and businesses to participate in the popular event taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6.
The family oriented event attracts 1,000 visitors annually to celebrate and raise awareness for the ecologically rich Montezuma Wetlands Complex, an important resting and feeding area for birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway.
In addition, the complex is home to nine active bald eagle nests.
“The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is a globally significant Important Bird Area that serves as a vital rest stop for hundreds of thousands of waterfowl during the spring and autumn migration,’’ said Chris Lajewski, the Montezuma Audubon Center’s director. “The Wildlife Festival is an opportunity for people of all ages to explore and celebrate the birds and habitats of this dynamic ecosystem and purchase merchandise and learn from a variety of vendors from across New York.’’
Scheduled highlights include live animal presentations, guided bird watching hikes, canoe trips, a native plant sale, live music, children’s games, a bounce house, crafts and a native plant sale. Site selection for vendors is first come, first served. Tents, tables and chairs are available to rent.
The deadline to register as a vendor is April 29. Registration forms can be found hereor by calling (315) 365-3588.
The Montezuma Audubon Center is located at 2295 State Route 89 in Savannah, Wayne County.